A. M. Davison to Isaac Hite, May 29, 1850
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Jefferson City May 29th 1850 Dear Isaac, Yours came to hand in quick time, and the answer has been postponed on a/c of my trip up the river with Smith it is really a fact that the old Squire has been an inmate of my domicile, and right weal welcome was he, he looked as natural as an old shoe, not one year older, in truth he will soon be the youngest looking of the Davison boys - We traveled over and through a country Saline & Lafayette Counties that cannot be surpassed by fertility of soil in any land upon earth - He is very much pleased and I am satisfid [satisfied] will change his home as soon as he can meet with a purchaser for the Forest - He has gone to Town but no one need fear his selecting that as a Land of abode for his family. The miserable free negroes would check any man raised in Va and who had spent near fifty years under the rule of a slave State - I have made an offer for tract of Land in Lafayette County 3 miles from the river and almost totally unimproved containing 1364 Acres 1000 of which is Prairie of the best character, in a good neighbourhood, and commanding a most beautiful view of the surrounding county, the balance timber 3 or 4 miles off - for the whole $10.000 — If Smith comes it will make each of us a desireable [sic] home, and where we can spend the balance of our days in peace & plenty - If he does not come which I will not think of for one moment — It will be a good investment and I can by hard driving work through with the payments myself — When he returns the description of that country will I have no doubt make you think of parting with Rockville — Would it not be most pleasant, for us all again to be living & thriving in the same vicinity